March 2014, No.126

President’s Page

I am sure that I can count myself among the many that have been impatiently waiting for spring.  I’ve been noticing hopeful signs: the busy chatter of the sparrows has returned and the green tips of the daffodils are ever hopeful as they begin to push above the surface of the ground.   I plan to pay attention to the trees and their colorful buds – a welcome alternative to the ice encased trees from the past three months – and really enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this long-awaited spring.

After this longer than usual winter we are more than ready to escape the confines of home and office to reconnect with colleagues.  I hope that some of our members will be able to travel to Chicago for the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, and that they will report back on new developments in the profession.  Closer to home we will have the opportunity to gather in April at the historic Hauck House and Museum for a tour of this fine example of Italianate architecture.  CAHSLA Past-President Emily Kean is the incoming president and current program chair for the local chapter of SLA – Special Libraries Association - and she is sharing with us the upcoming SLA programs elsewhere in the newsletter.  What a wonderful opportunity for us to expand our outreach and promote CAHSLA to those that may not be familiar with our lively association.

In order for CAHSLA to continue to offer networking and educational programming, we are looking for officers for the 2014-2015 association year.  Edith Starbuck is incoming president and she will do an outstanding job.  We are in need of a president-elect, secretary and treasurer.  Please consider offering your time and talents to CAHSLA for one of these roles.  Being involved in CAHSLA is a great way to build a resume in preparation for potential leadership  roles in other state, regional or national organizations.  Think of this CAHLSA service as a win-win: to you personally and professionally and to our local community of health sciences librarians.  Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting!

Lisa McCormick

2013-2014 CAHSLA Program Committee Report
March came in like a lion this year but spring is also in the air. After the long winter, spring will be very welcome. Has the CAHSLA program committee been hibernating? Not really. Since the December holiday party at Mary Piper’s lovely home CAHSLA met for a February meeting at the American Watchmaker-Clockmaker Institute in Harrison, OH. Sharon Purtee discovered this jewel of a museum, library and horology educational center and organized the meeting. CAHSLA attendees learned about the history of the institute and received a tour of the library, classrooms and small museum of historic watches and clocks. The American Watchmaker-Clockmaker Institute is supported by a worldwide membership and regularly offers classes in various aspects of watchmaking and clock making. It was a real treat to be introduced to the world of horology and to see some beautiful pieces in the museum.

Next on the CAHSLA program agenda is a tour of the Hauck house on Dayton Street on Wednesday, April 2nd. Mary Piper is organizing this meeting and Elizabeth Meyer, UC College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning librarian will speak and lead the tour. So hold the date, look for the flyer, and plan to join your friends and colleagues for a look back in time at this historic Cincinnati home.

In June we will hold the CAHSLA annual potluck picnic at the Daniel Drake Park on the 19th. Let’s come together again to mark the end of the CAHSLA program year.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in April and again in June!

Edith Starbuck, CAHSLA Vice President and Program Chair

Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication
What:  MLA webcast
When:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where:  UC Health Sciences Library conference room
Cost:  Free!
Webcast Description
What is a systematic review? What are the practice guidelines? How do I negotiate my contribution? Join our panel of speakers as they discuss what is really needed and resources for improving your skills. They will tackle these issues and discuss opportunities for librarians to be part of the team.
Presenters:  Mark Berendsen, Sarah Jewell, Joey Nicholson, and Shandra Protzko 
  • Earn MLA CE
  • Receive a participants manual by email after the webcast
Please join us!  RSVP to Edith Starbuck at edith.starbuck@uc.edu or 558-1433

CAHSLA Minutes

February 20, 2014
American Watchmakers – Clockmakers Institute Museum & Library Tour 6-8PM
Website http://www.awci.com/

Attendees: Brigid Almaguer, Cathy Constance, Emily Kean, Amy Koshoffer, Sandy Mason, Lisa McCormick, Mary Piper, Sharon Purtee, Val Purvis, Bob Purvis (guest), Emily Rahe, Cecil Rahe Edith Starbuck, Nancy Wolpert (guest)

Our hosts from the Orville R. Hagans History of Time Museum and Library were Jordan Ficklin and Paul Wadsworth.

We began our evening with a delicious meal from A Taste of Class Catering. Next, our hosts took us through the library (with a real card catalog!) and their lecture room where we saw a slide show about the organization. For more information see their website listed above. In short, the institute serves 1600 professional members across the United States and 150 internationally. AWCI also serves the public with a referral directory for watch and clock repair and industry as a liaison between manufacturing and watch/clockmaker professionals. The library has 3000 titles and at least 10,000 technical documents as well as historical records. The library is open to the public by appointment. The museum has 1300 items gleaned from various private collections including those of James Ward Packard who loved unique and expensive watches. After the official tour ended, our hosts let us roam the museum answering our various questions. Thanks to Sharon Purtee for her part in planning this enjoyable evening for us!

Mary Piper announced the location of our Spring Meeting in early April - The Hauck House Museum on 812 Dayton Street. Lisa McCormick shared that the next CAHSLA Chronicle deadline is March 12. And Emily Kean is working on a slate of nominations for next year’s positions and committees.  

Submitted by Brigid Almaguer 

Financial Report 2013-2014 

Checking Account              Balance as of 6/26/2013                      $2474.24


                        Dues (20 regular)        $500.00

                        Feb meeting, meals     $105.00                                                     


                        Reserve picnic shelter for June picnic $  50.00

                        Membership meeting, food, beverages, supplies   $190.81

                        Framing of mayor’s proclamation of CAHSLA Day $88.28

                        Holiday party supplies            $  38.72

                        Holiday party food     $  35.00

                        Thank you flowers      $  44.92 
                        Feb meeting box lunches    $118.15                                           

            Balance as of 3/7/2014                        $2463.36


            Balance as of 6/26/2013                      $    34.44


            Balance as of 3/7/2014                        $    34.44

Total Assets                $2497.80

Paid members

     Regular                      20

     Student                       0

Life members                   12

Total                              32

Submitted by:

Cathy Constance, Treasurer
Midwest Chapter Meeting 2014

Come West and Explore as North Dakota hosts the Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Bismarck, October 10th-14th. Headlining the meeting will be Sally Gore, an embedded librarian and informationist, and Dr. Mark Graber, a national leader in the area of patient safety. Also joining us will be National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys. You’ve heard about the oil boom in North Dakota, now come to the conference and hear a panel of experts talk about the impact of the boom on healthcare.

The meeting will be held at the Radisson Bismarck Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of a thriving downtown including the community’s finer independent dining establishments. Sunday evening enjoy perusing the state’s history in the North Dakota Heritage Center’s newly built and renovated spaces.

Continuing education courses covering informatics for librarians, translational informatics, a guide to thriving in any institution, visual communication and systematic reviews have been planned. Three courses will be offered Saturday and two will be offered on Tuesday.

Due to North Dakota’s booming economy and Bismarck’s relative proximity to the oil boom territory we suggest you book your flights and rooms as early as possible. Flights fill quickly! With all the fall activities in the area there is a strong demand for rooms and transportation so begin your planning now. Request the Medical Library Association block of rooms from the Radisson Bismarck Hotel, 701-255-6000.   Stay updated by checking in frequently to the conference website: http://midwestmla.org/conference2014

Follow us on Twitter at HSIS Midwest #mlamidwest14

Thinking Ahead to Bismarck: Remember the Professional Practice Committee Research Awards

Greetings from the Midwest Chapter Professional Practice Committee!

Are you starting to think about paper and poster submissions for the 2014 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting in Bismarck? Are you thinking of reporting on a research-based project (from either the past, present or future)? Consider putting together a submission to be considered for one of the Professional Practice Committee Research Awards – you have nothing to lose, except for a chance at a monetary award!

Midwest Chapter will grant awards to the primary author of the best research paper and the best research poster presentations. Monetary awards total $500 (1st place paper and poster will each receive $150, 2nd place paper and poster will each receive $100).

To be eligible for consideration for a Research Award, the papers and posters must meet the following criteria:
• Selected for presentation at Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting
• One author must be a Midwest Chapter member
• One author must be present at the paper/poster presentation
• When submitting your paper or poster abstract for consideration, indicate that you would like to be considered for the Research Awards

Judging is coordinated by the Professional Practice Committee. The quality of the research as presented at the meeting will be evaluated and scored using standardized poster and paper evaluation forms, and will take into consideration study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications of the research. You can find out more about the judging criteria here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Professional Practice Committee.

Natalie Reed (nreedx@midwestern.edu)
Diane Hummel (diane.hummel@spectrum-health.org)
Heidi Duggan (heidi@northwestern.edu)
Jolene Miller (Jolene.Miller@utoledo.edu)
Anne Beschnett (besch015@umn.edu
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
                                                                                                        ~ Proverb

CAHSLA Colleagues


Emily Kean, Electronic Resources Librarian at The Christ Hospital James N. Gamble Library, was recently elected as President-Elect for the Cincinnati Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. SLA Cincy has a very active programming calendar including library tours and substantive programs on current library topics, as well as social and networking outings – all open to members and non-members alike. If you would like to receive emails about upcoming events, please let Emily know: Emily.Kean@TheChristHospital.com. More information is available on the SLA Cincy website: http://cincinnati.sla.org/



Please join Cincinnati Children’s Edward L. Pratt Research Library in welcoming Michelle Wirth to the position of Temporary Archivist, a position funded by the Cooperative Society. A native of Cincinnati, Michelle earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Michelle was Special Project Archivist at the American Jewish Archives for two and a half years. While at the AJA, she coordinated a project to process the Archives' backlog, consisting of 2000 linear feet of paper records, audiovisual materials, and electronic files.

The end result of Michelle’s work at Cincinnati Children’s will be an inventory and understanding of Cincinnati Children’s historical collection and an actionable plan for the continued maintenance of the collection. The project will also include the creation of one or two oral histories.

Please join the Edward L. Pratt Research Library in welcoming Cincinnati Children’s inaugural Clinical Librarian, Elaine Dean. Originally from Rochester, NY, Elaine earned her Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the State College of New York University at Buffalo.

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Elaine was Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Hershey Harrell Health Sciences Library for three years. While supporting the College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, she coordinated reference services, provided instruction on using library resources and services, and taught clinicians, residents, and students to find high quality evidence-based information. She is excited to continue developing her knowledge of evidence-based practice while working with the Cincinnati Children’s community.

Elaine is interested in exploring ways to support digital access to evidence-based resources, including supporting the use of mobile and clinical care tools, creating online guides, and developing resources for point of need support.

When not at work, Elaine enjoys hiking, biking and knitting, but not at the same time. She is excited to discover both local hiking/biking trails and a new knitting group. Let her know if you have any recommendations!

Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA will retire as Associate Director of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 30, 2014. Ruth has led the GMR since 2002. A former hospital librarian, Ruth is a prolific author, past-president of the Medical Library Association, and first hospital librarian selected to deliver the Janet Doe Lecture.

The Jewish Hospital has launched a building project for a 5-story patient tower. Before the new tower can be built, some changes to the existing tower must be undertaken. An emergency exit had to be built, and the most logical space for the exit just happened to be in the library. To achieve this end, several ranges of books and journals have been relocated to storage areas and study carrels and reading tables have also been put in storage. An aggressive weeding project was started in September to account for the limited storage space that would be provided. The pros and cons of leaving the library in its current location or possibly relocating the library in the new tower are being discussed. Stay tuned – it is an ever-changing landscape! The Jewish Hospital tower will resemble the fa├žade of the Mercy West Hospital which opened in November and can be seen from interstate 74 at North Bend Road.

In the Literature and On the 'Net

New Bill Will Delay Public Access
Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas proposed a bill yesterday (First- HR4186) that would undercut public access and add delays to the policies already in place. Specifically, Section 303 mentions the delay of public access. In short, it would create longer embargo periods. If passed, this bill will impact libraries, researchers and clinicians and other patrons, and possibly slow the advancement of medical and scientific advancements.

To read the bill, go to:

To read SPARC's commentary on it, go to:

New Subject Guides from NLM
NLM has released a new Drug Information subject guide http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/Subject_Guides/druginformation/ as the latest update in the subject guide series [http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/Subject_Guides/subjectguidesonselectedtopics/]. These guides are based on the most frequently asked questions, and are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in the series are about finding:

Health statistics http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/Subject_Guides/healthstatistics/

Library statistics http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/Subject_Guides/librarystatistics/

Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/Subject_Guides/conferenceproceedings/

A Genetics/Genomics subject guide will be available later this year. 

Is There Conflict of Interest in Point-of-Care Databases?
The Journal of Medical Ethics recently published an article by authors from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami that found multiple instances of conflict-of-interest in UpToDate in comparison to Dynamed.

Abstract: Point-of-care evidence-based medicine websites allow physicians to answer clinical queries using recent evidence at the bedside. Despite significant research into the function, usability and effectiveness of these programmes, little attention has been paid to their ethical issues. As many of these sites summarize the literature and provide recommendations, we sought to assess the role of conflicts of interest in two widely used websites: UpToDate and Dynamed. We recorded all conflicts of interest for six articles detailing treatment for the following conditions: erectile dysfunction, fibromyalgia, hypogonadism, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. These diseases were chosen as their medical management is either controversial, or they are treated using biological drugs which are mostly available by brand name only. Thus, we hypothesized that the role of conflict of interest would be more significant in these conditions than in an illness treated with generic medications or by strict guidelines. All articles from the UpToDate articles demonstrated a conflict of interest. At times, the editor and author would have a financial relationship with a company whose drug was mentioned within the article. This is in contrast with articles on the Dynamed website, in which no author or editor had a documented conflict. We offer recommendations regarding the role of conflict of interest disclosure in these point-of-care evidence-based medicine websites.”

Amber KT, Dhiman G, Goodman KW. Conflict of interest in online point-of-care clinical support websites. J Med Ethics. 2014 Feb 3. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101625. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24493079

Google’s and Wikipedia Release 2013 Data Most Searched Symptoms and Diseases
Google released its list of the top symptom searches for 2013, compiled from searches from more than 70 countries including: (1) pregnancy, (2) influenza, (3) diabetes, (4) anxiety, (5) thyroid, (6) HIV, (7) mononucleosis, (8) Lupus, (9) Herpes, and (10) pneumonia. Wikipedia also released data on the top health related searches for their product: Tuberculosis, Crohn’s disease, pneumonia, and multiple sclerosis.

In a related report, the Institute for Healthcare Informatics found that 50% of physicians and patients use Wikipedia as their primary source of healthcare information. Patients and physicians are relying on “the community-edited, online encyclopedia … However, more than 71,000 active editors have no credential checks, and there are numerous instances of deliberate vandalism and fabricated posts.” 

NIH, WHO To Help Wikipedia with Medical Content
Wikipedia is trying to become a better resource for doctors by developing partnerships through the WikiProject Med Foundation. The National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the University of San Francisco College of Medicine, and various medical journals will permit third-party experts from their organizations to volunteer as editors to edit existing content and generate new material. Additionally, the Cochrane Collaboration will offer 100 free accounts to Wikipedia editors. UC SF College of Medicine will offer credit to medical students for editing Wikipedia entries. With nearly 180 million page views per month, Wikipedia needs to improve the accuracy of information that is impacting the lives of tens of millions of people worldwide.

Are Medical Scribes the Cure for Physician Dissatisfaction with EHRs?
A recent article in the New York Times described the birth of a new industry: medical scribes to alleviate the dissatisfaction of physicians who feel burdened by the clerical work they now must undertake due to electronic health records. According to the article,

“For decades, physicians pinned their hopes on computers to help them manage the overwhelming demands of office visits. Instead, electronic health records have become a disease in need of a cure, as physicians do their best to diagnose and treat patients while continuously feeding the data-hungry computer.” Companies recruit potential scribes from medical schools and other health care fields and contract them to physicians. The role of the scribe is to input data gathered during a patient encounter into the EHR so that the physician can concentrate on the patient interaction.

Let the Countdown Begin – Important ICD-10 Codes to Know
The implementation of ICD-10 has been long-awaited. There is considerable dread in the industry about the transition to the new coding nomenclature. Some of have been able to find a lighter side.

· W61.92: Struck by other birds. There are also separate billing codes for being struck by parrots, macaws, psittacines, chickens, geese, and ducks. W61.92 is for all other types of birds.

· Z63.1: Problems in relationship with in-laws.

· X92.0: Assault by drowning and submersion while in bathtub

· V52.8XXA: Person on outside of pick-up truck or van injured in collision with two or three-wheeled motor vehicle in nontraffic accident, initial encounter.

· V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter  

Have You Met “The Consult Guys”?
The Annals of Internal Medicine website introduced the "Consult Guys" in September 2013. Drs. Geno Merli and Howard Weitz “address clinical issues while using humor to deliver pithy educational pearls related to the practice of internal medicine” in short, 7-15 minute, videos. “Some videos will feature “stumper” questions submitted by internal medicine physicians and all videos will be accompanied by resources cited in the video.” 

April 2        CAHSLA meeting at Hauck House
April 25       OHSLA spring meeting at Ohio State U.: No More Yawning: Designing and Delivering Successful Presentations

May 16-21   MLA '14 in Chicago: "Building Our Information Future"
June 8-10    SLA annual conference in Vancouver 
June 19       CAHSLA picnic at Daniel Drake Park